Yost's will be done???Geez!
Gimme a break! Yost's will is obviously warped. either he was told what to do by editorial... something Marvel vehemently denies, but insiders know that a lot of plotlines are now dictated by committee... which is NOT a way to write comics...OR he did this himself.
Now, rumor has it that ti was a marketing ploy of Lowe's. wonderful. they have killed so many characters, so often, that in the Marvel Universe, death has no meaning any more. Yes, Dave and Chris killed the original Thunderbird... and that was the biggest surprise and shock since the death of Gwen Stacey! But back then... in "the day"...we weren't allowed to use gratuitous death as a money grubbing ploy... which, it appears is now de rigeur for every book every other isue, since good storytelling has gone by the board.
the House of Ideas that I worked at ... and that Dave worked for... is, as far as I am concerned, DEADER than Nightcrawler!... or at least as Nightcrawler is supposed to be for their marketting ploy. Dave and Chris "killed" Thunderbird for a reason... not a marketing ploy. Having established a Native American hero, and a specific tribe, at that, they both found they didn't have any reference... GOOD reference...for the tribal customs, religion and such of the character. Remember, this was back in the dark ages before computers... or, at least, when computers were just being built and were taking up whole floors in large buildings! They didn't want to do him wrong...or portray bogus white man's versions of NA culture...so they took him out as a hero... BUT WE NEVER SAW A BODY!!! Personally I think his totem, the thunderbird, snatched him away to take him back to the people and use him more properly to teach the culture of his forefathers to the children... instead of having him brain boggled by Xavier... as I suspect happened to wisk Storm away from her people in Africa, Colossus, his family in the USSR, etc. We know Xavier could do it back then... and he did... controlling everyone for his ends. Nighty, of course, came willingly, since he was being chased by people with pitchforks and torches ...and couldn't have gotten away any other way!!! ... she says with tongue planted firmly in cheek...not even... gee, dare I say it? TELEPORTING!!!... gee whiz! his MUTANT POWER!!!
But killing off a character... especially one of the most heroic of the bunch... as a freakin' money grubbing ploy???!!!
My first thought when I heard they had actually committed literary suicide was "Hmmmm... now that they have shown how greatly they value Dave's creations, ... and Marvel having actually acknowledged that Dave created Nighty years before he came to Marvel...I wonder when the copyrights and trademarks will revert to the Cockrum Estate... and allow people who value the character do something with him. We are presently working on more Futurians stories... Dave having drawn and written a new book just before his untimely death... the last two pages of unfinished art having been finished from his thumbnail breakdowns by none other than Pirate Kurt, who is rapidly becoming a very accomplished comic book artist in addition to his being a very excellent graphic artist. this guy has talent! but I digress...
So... I figured, nighty would be a grand addition to the Cockrum stable... ahhhh but, he is still extant in Claremont's X Men Forever....sigh... foiled again!
I am totally torn. While my main man, Magneto, is still in the premiere title... although the kneeling to cyke was so outre as to be ludicrous...although it COULD BE a ploy of Magneto's...or maybe not...who knows, anymore? ...I am faced with a quandry. My supreme urge is to kiss off the mediocre crap that passes for X books... like PK is about to do... and only read X Men forever and the new upcoming New mutants Forever...which Chris is supposed to write and which is supposed to see print in August, I believe...BUT this is MARVEL! Not the seasoned editors and creative artists and writers of yore... of MY day...no! this is the Marvel of today. Editors who are not worthy of that title cuz all they know how to do is push paper and brownnose with people who have unwarranted power and who have their own agendas... some of whom were placed there by Hardass... of hated memory. He, who in eighteen months, tried to tear down the Universe that Claremont built for seventeen years!!! And don't get me started on the disrespect whith which Claremont is treated at Marvel !!! He hangs in there trying to salvage SOME of his creations and thereby suffers the slings and arrows of people who cannot write, so called "creators" who can only recycle...badly... former storylines that HE used to good effect! The Writer Emeritus of the X Universe... who BUILT the playground these yoyos are playing so carelessly in!
This latest outrage is just one more nail in Marvel's coffin. I think an awful lot of people who have been hanging on hoping for a decent storyline that doesn't involve a totally mind- raped and suckered Cyclops, an absent, puling and ineffective Storm, an omnipresent and thoroughly disgusting and overused Wolverine, and the pervasive T and A of Emma, are gonna finally pack it in and decamp because of this latest stupidity. You can only flip the birdie at the fans for sooo long, Marvel.
One can only hope for a mass exodus...it would be the only thing Marvel would understand. Bucks... or, rather, lack thereof. Is that, me? the diehard Marvelite, calling for a boycot? Oh, you betcha! In spite of my main man, Magneto, being around...this smarmy and unprofessional thing done to Nighty, the heart and soul of the X Men... no... it is not wolverine...the heart and soul of the X Men is Nightcrawler!!!...for mere love of money just tkes the cake!!! It should not go unpunished. Yeah... the only thing they will understand is a boycot! Apparently they will do anything smarmy for money... sooooooo...
OK... we know that marvel has always been money grubbing and smarmy...but when it was done with a wink and a giggle, it was tolerable. this has changed... it is now being done with derision at the fans and nasty finger pointing and sneers of imaginary godhood.
they just don't get it, people. They don't get that it is not the writers or the artists or the editors who are important here. It is the CHARACTERS!!! The people who the fans invite into their homes and hearts every month... whom they KNOW better than they know members of their own families ... that matter! When they play around with the feelings of the fans, as they have done over and over for the last decade, they are playing with a fire they do not understand or respect. If they were fans once, as many say they were, then they should know better than to consistantly do this kind of shit with a sneering smile on their faces." Oh, the fans will yell and scream and get over it and keep buying our overpriced books cuz they are hooked..." maybe not, boyos... maybe you have added the straw that broke the camel's back this time... we shall see.
We can extrapolate that this book may sell well cuz word will have gotten around and they may actually sell a lot of them so people can see what happened. The curiosity of readers is, after all, insatiable. It is what the soap opera and comic book industries are built on, y'know...LOL... But the patience of fans who have been constantly flipped off and ripped off is not unending. a decade of bad stories, denegration of characters and even creators may have finally taken it's toll of the die hard, thirty or forty year fan. I kinda hope so... cuz it is the only thing that Marvel will understand. Money being the ONLY criteria anymore.
The one ray of hope for Nighty is that he is, after all, a commercial property. He is worth megabux in merchandising. He is well loved within the Marvel multiverse. Like Jesus, and King Arthur and all the other heroic legends, he will rise again. We know this, don't we? But UNTIL he does, I urge everyone to quit buying Marvel comics. They obviously don't care what you , as a lowly fan, think or want... do they?
They have hinted at and tried to tweak the Nighty fans with his leaving or demise for months... nay, years!!... now and now, they have finally done him in in a very stupid way...not heroic , as they did Colossus, but STUPID... GREEDY...VILE... to the Nth degree.
Yeah... that's good ol' Marvel, all right...
I hear Green Lantern, over at DC is a good book. GL was one of Dave's favorite characters...and most of the decent writers and editors who fled the Hardass regime of white christian comics only and plotline by committee are over there. Of course, you know who else is over there making shitpiles of DC characters as he made shitpiles of X characters, too...beware the demon, Morrison! Evil incarnate is not spelled MEPHISTO... it is spelled Morrison!
That's my two cents worth for now... you don't really wanna hear my "dime's worth...
alright,people...where's the Magneto smiley in the batch???
is the new blacktone for the funeral barge? I kinda like it... it makes reading easier for me, at least...